Tynecastle win “a dream come true” for Loanhead footballer

Angyl Learmonth in action for her victorious Penicuik team
Angyl Learmonth in action for her victorious Penicuik team

Loanhead footballer Angyl Learmonth admitted it was a dream come true as she lifted the Bank of Scotland Midnight League South East Regional Finals trophy at Tynecastle last month.

The Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a network of five-a-side football games that aims to keep youngsters off the streets and gives them something to do on a Friday and Saturday night.

The 15-year-old and her Penicuik team shone at the home of Hearts as they took to the hallowed Tynecastle turf to contest the finals tournament.

Despite losing twice, Angyl and her teammates came out on top in the final 4-1 to lift the cup – much to the delight of the Lassawade High School pupil: “It’s amazing, It’s the first time I’ve played at a professional ground and the experience is one that I will always remember.

“We got beat twice off the team that we met in the final but then we came back strong and really put in a shift to win.

“That was amazing and made even better by the fact that we are in a professional stadium as well.

“We won 4-1 in the final so that was really brilliant because of the fact it was a comeback from losing the earlier matches.

“It means everything, they were coming into the game a little bit more confident than us but we kept ourselves composed, everyone put in 100 per cent and we showed we were the better team in the end.”

Angyl believes the scheme gives young girls the chance to hone their skills and says she can’t wait to try and defend the trophy next season.

“Midnight League is amazing, I didn’t actually know about it until this season, I got invited to it by some of the coaches and it was amazing,” she added.

“I would say to every young kid that is aspiring to be a footballer that they should go along because they will enjoy it as well.

“It’s an amazing opportunity because there are moments like this at the end.

“It keeps kids out of trouble and off the streets, giving us a place to go to play football and it keeps you safe.”